Senior changes at developers in Hong Kong and mainland China lead this week’s review of personnel changes in Asia, with CK Asset saying farewell to a long-time executive director and Dalian Wanda’s mall unit losing its chairman and president. Also making the list is the death of Frasers Property’s vice chair and a new non-executive director at Singapore’s City Developments Ltd.
CK Asset Holdings announced on 16 March that Grace Woo Chia Ching has resigned from the company and will leave her role as an executive director on its board effective 28 April. Having served with the developer controlled by tycoon Li Ka-shing for 36 years, Woo, now 67, has been on the company’s board since 2015 and is a graduate of both the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University in the United States.
Dalian Wanda Commercial Management has undergone a change in its top leadership with chairman and president Qi Jie having resigned due to personal reasons, according to official filings. Qi, who was born in 1966, had also served as vice chairman of Wanda Real Estate Group and executive director of Wanda Culture Industry Group, and had been with the conglomerate headed by Wang Jianlin since 2000. Qi has already been replaced as chairman and president of Wanda Commercial Management by Xiao Guangrui.
Frasers Property announced on 17 March the passing of its vice chairman, Wanna Sirivadhanabhakdi at the age of 79. Wanna, who was the wife of Frasers chairman Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi had first taken on her role with the company in 2014 and also served as vice chairwoman of Thai alcohol conglomerate ThaiBev and was a co-founder of Bangkok-based developer TCC Group.
City Developments Ltd (CDL) said earlier this month that it has named Tan Kian Seng as an independent, non-executive director on its board, with effect from 10 March. Now 69, Tan is an experienced accountant who will join the developer’s audit and risk committee. From 2016 through 2019 Tan had served as group chief of staff and later interim chief executive officer of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Ltd, before CDL bought out that listed hotel unit in 2019. Before his departure in 2019, Tan had served with CDL in various roles since 2001.
Gabriella Aram Woo was promoted to director with Savills Investment Management in Singapore this month, according to a LinkedIn update. Woo, who leads business development for the fund management affiliate of UK property services group Savills has been with the company for two years now after joining in 2021 as an associate director. The graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design as well as Columbia University also has previous experience with USAA Real Estate in the US and Savills in Korea.
Amelie Delaunay has taken a step up to senior director for research and professional standards with industry non-profit ANREV, according to a LinkedIn update. Delaunay was promoted from her earlier director role after moving to Singapore to open ANREV’s office in the city-state last year, where she is responsible for research, performance management and professionals standards activities for the organisation in Asia Pacific.
Natixis Investment Managers Singapore said this month that it has named Rushil Kanna as head of of equity investment for Asia Pacific. Kanna joins the French investment firm from Credit Suisse, where he had served more than 18 years, including working most recently as head of equities for Asia Pacific. In his new role, Kanna will report to Dora Seow, chief executive of Natixis Investment Management in Singapore.
Simon Derville has taken on a new role as managing partner at Capital Solution Asia, a recently established real estate private equity fund and asset management organisation in Bangkok, Thailand. Derville stepped into his new challenge this month after over two and half years with local builder Fynn Development Co and also has previous experience in business development with Thai developer Raimon Land.
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